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Vernon Carey updates recruitment and UK interest

Carey also revealed that John Calipari may have had a surgical procedure recently.

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Vernon Carey is one of the most sought after recruits of the 2019 class.

A 6-10, 245-pound power forward, Carey already plays like a grown man among boys. He protects the rim, dominates the paint and is extremely quick on his feet. He’s currently ranked #2 on 247’s recruit rankings for 2019 and #1 at Rivals.

Either way, Carey is a top 2 player in this recruiting class who has all of the blue blood options for his college career.

On Friday, Vernon played for the Nike Team Florida unit in their first win of the Nike EYBL season. He put up 17 points and six rebounds. He played in front of all the big names; John Calipari, Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo, and Roy Williams.

In his own words, here’s what Vernon Carey thinks about the University of Kentucky and his recent in-home visit with Kenny Payne, as reported by rivals:

“Coach (Kenny) Payne came down to see me; I think Coach Cal (John Calipari) has surgery or something, but he just said that he is really interested in me and just said that since I had already been on two visits there during my ninth grade year, you have seen what we are like, but I have also talked to Bam Adebayo a little. He just says Kentucky is a really good program and he could see me playing there.”

It’s interesting to see that John Calipari missed this home visit with one of the best players in the 2019 class due to surgery. It looks like Cal has made a successful recovery since he’s watching Carey and others at the Nike EYBL in Dallas, but you have to wonder what caused him to miss one of the more important visits considering how valuable Vernon could be.

Rivals also went on to show what Vernon’s thoughts were on every other school that had home visits. Basically, it was the same narrative, which tells us that he’s not really close to making a decision.

“I was thinking about cutting my list down again last week but I will hold off probably until after my travel season,” Carey said. “No visits set up for now. I probably won’t do any more visits until after all my sessions following July.

Vernon is focused on getting himself better as a player before he makes any concrete decisions, which is good! Rivals predicts a final list from Carey by the end of August.

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